Pew Research has a political party quiz which will show you where you fit on the two party spectrum. The quiz offers 12 statements regarding economic and social issues and asks your level of agreement with those statements.
As you can see from the above results, I scored Moderate Republican.
You can take the quiz here.
Britain and Sweden fought a war in the early 19th century that lasted nearly 2 years, but had zero direct casualties, because it was fought entirely on paper. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Swedish_War_(1810%E2%80%931812)
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It’s my belief that we only exist through our impact on others. It’s the emotions we invoke in those closest to us that defines who we are as individuals. They are the ones who describe us. They are the ones who decide just how much significance we hold to the world around us.
Without the people who care, whether it be in a positive light or otherwise, what do we matter, really? Who is there to mark our existence? We certainly can’t do it ourselves. It’s only through one another that we’re connected to the world around us and, if emotionally alone, do we even truly exist?
We become inconsequential, silent observers to other people’s lives and emotions.
What we feel no longer matters because we, ourselves - Those overlooked and unattached, anyway - Only exist in our own thick heads. We’re floating islands, broken off from the great social Gaia that surrounds us. Without others, who are we, really?
We are nobody, lacking love and without any true sense of belonging.
There now seems to be a political difference between party and pragmatism. Politicians pass pieces of legislation that adhere to their party’s platform, not to how the actual outcome will be. Especially in conservative circles, the constant push to the right has created an environment where Republicans vote for impractical bills because they restore the “conservative culture” back into America, whether or not that conservatism is technically practical at that point. This definitely does happen on the liberal left, but the most common scenes are definitely from our neo-conservative and tea party friends, who intend to revolutionize the republican party by bringing it to the most extreme of conservative. Why is it so hard to put human interest above political gain? Why can’t politicians just vote for a bill because it helps the American People, not because they will eventually get their own bill passed or will be voted into office again? We are trying to do away with some forms of medical care that could helps millions of people because we are afraid that its “socialist.” We try to pass tax cuts in order to create more freedom in our economy, when in reality we just make our budget problem worse and let more and more money go to those who have plenty already. Why can’t, just once, we do something progressive for our country. Its about the only thing we haven’t tried in a huge movement. Pragmatism, liberalism, progressive, socialist, whatever you want to call it, its something that must be looked at before we doom ourselves to a political and governmental structure where politics determines what happens to the governed, not practical, logical, predictable outcomes. We have to stop this type of political culture and go to a governmental environment where what matters is what is best for our country, not what is best for those few in charge. Aren’t we a representative democracy? Aren’t the people supposed to rule? Well, right now, we aren’t even close. As the people who consent to be ruled, its on us to make that change; because if we don’t push for it, who will?